Translating Trump’s inaugural Speech from the original German

by Juan Cole Added 21.01.2017
Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the...

Brexit Into Trumpland

by Philippe Legrain Added 20.01.2017
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May is leading the United Kingdom toward a very “hard” Brexit in 2019 – and potentially off a cliff, if the UK leaves the European Union without an exit or trade deal. In her January 17 speech, May...

The Illusions Driving Up US Asset Prices

by Robert J. Shiller Added 19.01.2017
NEW HAVEN – Speculative markets have always been vulnerable to illusion. But seeing the folly in markets provides no clear advantage in forecasting outcomes, because changes in the force of the illusion are difficult to predict. In the United...

Looking Back on Barack

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 14.01.2017
BASEL – Any assessment of Barack Obama’s eight-year US presidency should start at the beginning: his first inauguration, on January 20, 2009. The US economy was in free-fall: financial markets had seized up, GDP was shrinking, and employment was...

New index of economic marginalisation helps explain Trump, Brexit and alt.right

by Andrew Cumbers Added 13.01.2017
If 2016 brought Brexit, Donald Trump and a backlash against cosmopolitan visions of globalisation and society, the great fear for 2017 is further shocks from right-wing populists like Geert Wilders in Holland and Marine Le Pen in France. A new...

Trump’s Crazed Transition

by Elizabeth Drew Added 12.01.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – With Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States fast approaching, the strangest – even craziest – post-election transition in US history is about to come to an end. This period has provided a clear...

Hoping for the Best Against Trump

by Ian Buruma Added 12.01.2017
NEW YORK – Is there any reason for liberals to feel optimistic after a year of political disasters? Is there even a shred of silver lining to be found in the tatters of Brexit, Donald Trump’s election, and European disunity? Christians believe...

Trump’s Defective Industrial Policy

by Dani Rodrik Added 12.01.2017
CAMBRIDGE – US President-elect Donald Trump has yet to take office, but his brand of flawed industrial policy has been on full display since his surprise win in November. Within weeks of the election, Trump had already claimed a victory. Through...

Free Speech and Fake News

by Peter Singer Added 09.01.2017
PRINCETON – About a week before the United States presidential election last November, someone posted on Twitter that Hillary Clinton was at the center of a pedophilia ring. The rumor spread through social media, and a right-wing talk show host...

The year coal collapsed: 2016 was a turning point for Britain’s electricity

by Grant Wilson and Iain Staffell Added 07.01.2017
Socially and politically, 2016 was a momentous year for Britain. It was also a record breaking year for energy and the environment, but thankfully for all the right reasons. Britain’s electricity was the cleanest it had been in 60 years, as coal...

America’s Failures of Representation and Prospects for Democracy

by Rob Johnson Added 07.01.2017
NEW YORK – As the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump approaches, the best way to assess the incoming administration may be to focus on the ultimate factors that led to his victory. Trump was not elected in a vacuum, and, as his...

Donald Trump’s North Korean Family Values

by Kent Harrington Added 06.01.2017
ATLANTA – With every new US president arriving in Washington, DC, come a handful of counselors and aides whose personal ties, built over years and forged in election campaigns, give them pride of place in the administration. From the “Irish...

Trump’s Unrealpolitik

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 04.01.2017
NEW YORK – Some in the United States have praised President-elect Donald Trump for his supposed realism. He will do what is right for America, they argue, without getting caught up in thorny moral dilemmas, or letting himself be carried away by...

Comrade Trump and the Truth

by Chris Patten Added 04.01.2017
OXFORD – When US President-elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, Americans will be more divided than they have been in years. Never before has an American presidential inauguration been met with so many hosannas from the United...

“America First” and Global Conflict Next

by Nouriel Roubini Added 03.01.2017
NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States does not just represent a mounting populist backlash against globalization. It may also portend the end of Pax Americana – the international order of free exchange and shared...

Will Europe Let Germany Lead?

by Marcel Fratzscher Added 31.12.2016
BERLIN – The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s referendum defeat and subsequent resignation, and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States have created a power vacuum in the West, and in Europe....

The American Public Against Trump

by Alan S. Blinder Added 29.12.2016
PRINCETON – The United States, supposedly the world’s beacon of democracy, is practicing a strange form of it nowadays. One presidential candidate won nearly three million more votes than her opponent, who, with a big assist from a hostile...

The Age of Incompetence

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 27.12.2016
BERKELEY – On January 20, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump will take office having received almost three million fewer votes than his opponent; and he will work with a Republican Senate majority whose members won 13 million fewer votes than...

Big Day at the United Nations

by James J. Zogby Added 27.12.2016
There was considerable drama leading up to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (UNSCR 2334) reaffirming the illegality of Israeli settlements. It began with all hell breaking loose Thursday morning when it became clear...

Trump’s Gathering Trade War

by Stephen S. Roach Added 26.12.2016
NEW HAVEN – During his campaign, US President-elect Donald Trump used foreign trade as a lightning rod in his supposed defense of the beleaguered American middle class. This is not an uncommon tactic for candidates at either end of the political...
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